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Lagos Oilfield Reserves Rise, Investors Eye Gas Project

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  • Lagos Oilfield Reserves Rise, Investors Eye Gas Project

Investors in Aje oilfield, offshore Lagos, have announced a significant increase in its reserves as well as a confirmation of the viability of the Aje gas development.

Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Company Limited, a wholly-owned indigenous firm, is the operator of the Oil Mining Lease 113, where the field is located. Other partners are Pan Petroleum Aje Limited (a subsidiary of Panoro Energy), New Age Exploration Nigeria Limited, EER (Colobus) Nigeria Limited, and PR Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited (the holder of MX Oil’s investment in the field).

London-based MX Oil said in a new update that there had been significant developments in the Aje project over the past two years that had had a material impact on the project’s reserves and resource position.

It said since the last Competent Persons Report in July 2014, three new Cenomanian penetrations had been drilled (Aje-5, Aje-5ST1 and Aje-5ST2), with production coming on-stream from the Cenomanian reservoir in May 2016 and from the Turonian oil rim in May 2017.

“A field development plan for the Turonian Aje gas project was submitted to the Nigerian government for consideration in 2017. The FDP comprises four to five production wells in the Turonian, tied back to existing and new infrastructure,” the company said.

According to the updated CPR provided by the AGR TRACS International Limited, an independent reserves auditor, the gross proved reserves at Aje increased to 78.2 million barrels of oil equivalent from 11.7 million boe in 2014; proved and probable reserves rose to 127.1 million boe from 23.4 million boe in 2014, and proved, probable and possible reserves stood at 215 million boe.

MX Oil said, “The level of reserves has increased significantly since the 2014 CPR. These estimates of reserves have been derived based on an oil price assumption of $60/bbl flat real terms and a gas price assumption of $4/Mscf flat real terms.

“The AGR TRACS has also certified gross 1C Unrisked Contingent Resources of four million boe, 2C UCR of nine million boe and 3C UCR of 17.5 million boe.”

The company said the recent performance of the Aje-5ST2 well completed on the Turonian oil rim had encouraged the Aje partnership to consider a more extensive development of the oil rim.

It said since the Aje Gas FDP was completed and submitted ahead of the well coming on line, the AGR TRACS had only been able to recognise contingent resources associated with four horizontal wells proposed as a Phase 2 development in that plan.

The partner said, “The encouraging production performance for the Aje-5ST2 well so far provides a strong incentive for further studies to better understand how the oil rim can be optimally developed.

“These results confirm the commercial quantity of the Aje gas development, highlight the need for a revision to the development plan once the oil rim studies are completed and will underpin a final investment decision on the development of the Turonian reserves in the future.”

The media reported in March that the JV partners had resolved the legal dispute in relation to drilling of new development wells out of court.

Panoro Energy, an independent exploration and production company based in London, announced in December 2016, seven months after the field started producing, that it was in disagreement with its JV partners over cash call and intended to initiate arbitration and legal proceedings to protect its interests.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade long experience in the global financial market. Contact Samed on Twitter: @sameolukoya

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Citigroup Sees $60 Per Barrel Crude Oil in the Next 12 Months

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Citigroup Says Crude Oil Will Reach $60 Per Barrel in a year

Despite the current economic downturn and the projected second phase of COVID-19, Citigroup, a New-York based financial service company, has said oil price could hit $60 per barrel in the next 12 months.

Citigroup disclosed this on Thursday during a virtual EMEA Media Summit titled – ‘Navigating the Future: What’s Next in a Post-COVID-19 World’.

“After a substantial underperformance in the last six months relative to several other commodities, crude will eventually bounce back to around $60 per barrel over the next 12 months,” Max Layton, European Head of Commodities Strategy, Citigroup said while giving a presentation on the outlook for commodities in the second half of 2020, and into 2021.

This means Brent crude oil would rise by at least 50 percent from the current level of $42 per barrel in the next 12 months.

“It’s going to be a function of the demand and supply but recently we have been seeing a spike in the demand for some of the commodities,” said Atiq Rehman, Head of EMEA Emerging Markets, Citigroup.

“A lot of these economies are heavily commodity-dependent, and perhaps, in the past have been guilty of not diversifying when they come under pressure. I think perhaps, this recent moves will push them to diversify away from simply commodities,” Grant Carson, Head of TRUK And Non-Presence Countries, Citigroup, stated citing Russian as one of the countries that have recorded success in diversifying away from crude oil.

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Oil Sustains $42 Price Level as OPEC Output Drops to Over Two-Decade Low

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OPEC Oil Output Drops to Over Two-Decade Low in June

Crude oil sustained $42 per barrel price level following a recent survey conducted by Reuters that showed the Organisation for the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) managed to cut oil production to over two-decade low in the month of June.

According to the survey, OPEC’s 13 members pumped 22.62 million barrels per day in June, 1.92 million barrels per day below May’s revised figure. The lowest since May 1991.

OPEC and allies, together referred to as OPEC plus, had agreed to cut oil production by 9.7 million barrels per day in the month of April to rebalance the global oil market and prop up prices amid COVID-19 pandemic.

OPEC’s share of the 9.7 million barrels per day production cut was 6.084 million bpd but OPEC delivered 6.523 million bpd cut in the month of June despite the inconsistencies from Nigeria, Angola and Iraq.

In June, Saudi Arabia reduced production by 1.13 million barrels per day to 7.53 million bpd. While Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates met their quota but struggle to fulfill the extra cuts.

Nigeria, Iraq and Angola continue to struggle in the month of June. However, their performance improved compared to May as Nigeria attained 77 percent compliance level, up from 19 percent in May.

While Iraq and Angola achieved 70 percent and 80 percent compliance level, respectively. Nigeria and Iraq have pledged to cut more in July despite their economic challenges. Angola, however, said it would not be able to cut extra oil production until October.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is measured, rose to $42.48 per barrel on Friday as at 2:58 pm Nigerian time.

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Nigeria Labour Congress Says No Fuel Increase Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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No Fuel Increase During COVID-19 Pandemic, Says Nigeria Labour Congress

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday rejected the new fuel price announced by the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) on Wednesday.

In a statement issued by Ayuba Wabba, the President, NLC, the labour demanded instant reversal to the old price, saying the move will kill businesses and worsen the nation’s poverty level at a time when nations are looking to ease economic burden of their citizens and mitigate negative impacts of COVID-19.

The PPPRA had raised the value band of Premium Motor Spirit, commonly referred to as Petrol, to between N140.80 and N143.80 per litre on Wednesday because of the recent increase in crude oil prices.

Nigeria Labour Congress argued that “PPPRA contradicted itself when it said that the latest price increase described as an “advisory” was meant to regulate a product that government claims had been de-regulated.

“That this new hike in the pump price of petrol was announced without the approval of the board of the PPPRA and the oversight ministry speaks volume of the arbitrariness and public contempt in the operations of PPPRA. We find this deeply disturbing.

“It is also very embarrassing that the PPPRA boss, while trying to defend the indefensible, appeared to be out of sorts and ready to clutch at any available straws to sell his ice block merchandise to Eskimos.

“Apart from contradicting himself that PPPRA is still trying to regulate a deregulated product through ‘advisories’, the PPPRA went on to exert more nails on the coffin of his polemics when he argued that PPPRA was just like the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and the National Insurance Commission, NAICOM, that would always act to protect the public interest.

“That was how far the niceties went. The rest of the statement by the PPPRA boss was about how PPPRA plans to protect investors and increase their profit.”

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